- Posted July 25, 2012 by
Small Town Unites for 9 year old Cancer Patient
The family decided there will be no further cancer treatments given to Ryenne. It would be just too much for Ryenne to endure after everything she has been through the past two years. Most of us, especially those of us with children, would think Burnie and Jennifer are going through “HELL” with the news that their daughter has reached the end of her little life. However, they are not considering this “hell”; they are asking God to take their little girl home soon, rather than watch her go through the horrible suffering. They want everyone to know that they have a “peace” that the world cannot give; it only comes from the true God!
Burnie and Jennifer want to keep Ryenne as comfortable and pain-free as possible. She is no longer in ICU; she is in a regular room at Children’s Mercy where she is receiving oxygen and fluids. Ryenne does not appear to be in any pain. Every day this week, in fact, Ryenne has gotten a little bit “better,” although the family knows it may not last long. Yesterday Ryenne kissed both her mommy and her daddy. Using both hands, she stroked her mommy's arms. While Jennifer was curled up in the bed beside her, Ryenne ran her fingers through her hair. Ryenne's big blue eyes were open much of the day, and she was silently looking at her family and friends. She almost smiled. Today Ryenne ate half of a poptart and a popsicle! The Hicks' family is thanking God for these precious grace-loaded moments. But Ryenne has been a FIGHTER right out of the gate. If it weren’t for her little bald head, you would NEVER know that she had cancer. Her smile is infectious and brightens even the darkest days. Ryenne’s fight isn’t over yet, but she continues to be the tough little girl she has always been.
While Burnie and Jennifer spend every waking hour with Ryenne at Children’s Mercy Hospital, their hometown of Brookfield, Missouri has wrapped their arms around this family in prayer. On Thursday evening, a Human Wall of Prayer service was held in the East Twin Parks of downtown Brookfield. Prayers were read, children made pictures for Ryenne, and a beautiful video tribute of Ryenne was played for all to see. Local Brookfield musician, Trevor Whiteaker, wrote a song for Ryenne which was played at the prayer service. Before everyone left the park, everyone was asked to join hands and make a circle as far as it would go. There were enough people there in Ryenne’s honor to make a circle around the whole park, an entire city block. The small town of Brookfield, Missouri put all their differences aside and came together as ONE group, one LOVE for Ryenne Hicks.
Two years ago when Ryenne was originally diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a Facebook group was created called “RYENNE’S HOPE” where people could go write messages of hope and encouragement for Ryenne. The group has grown to over 1,700 people and has reached all over the world as far as Germany! People have been joining Ryenne’s Hope to read her story and have been forever changed. Another page was created from Ryenne’s Hope page that asks for “Prayers for Ryenne from Around the World.” She now has prayers from people she has never met! There is even a town in Ohio that is holding a “Race for Ryenne” in her honor! Ryenne’s story is truly magical.
I hope you find Ryenne’s story as special as so many THOUSANDS of other people have. KCTV-5 out of Kansas City aired her story last night:
To read more about Ryenne, you can visit her Facebook page “Ryenne’s Hope.” Thank you so much for your time.
Creator of Ryenne's Hope
Friend of the Hicks Family